Responds to Nationwide Omega Sprinkler Recall
TEXAS - OCTOBER 14, 1998] The U.S. Consumer Product
Safety Commission (CPSC) and Central Sprinkler Company,
Lansdale, Pa. have issued a joint nationwide recall of
8.4 million Omega brand fire sprinklers, which represents
less than two percent of the total number of sprinkler
heads in use (8.4 million out of over 500 million). The
vast majority of sprinkler systems are extremely reliable
and will provide the expected high degree of life and
months we have strongly encouraged the public and building
owners to find out if they have Omega sprinklers installed
in their buildings and to contact Central Sprinkler Company
if Omegas are installed," comments AFSA President Steve
Muncy. He warns, however, against panic.
cites 17 cases in which some Omega sprinklers failed to
activate. Fortunately, there has been no loss of life
in these fires, and we know that there have been hundreds,
if not thousands, of successful activations with Omega
because fire sprinklers are so important in protecting
the public, we must be confident of their performance.
We are pleased that this agreement between CPSC and Central
will result in increased confidence in automatic fire
sprinklers have a superior record. They have been installed
in buildings for more than 100 years and about 30 million
sprinkler heads are now installed each year. The National
Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that there
have been no instances of multiple fatalities in buildings
protected with sprinklers. Fire sprinklers for residential
dwellings have been available since 1980. Jurisdictions
that require sprinklers in homes report that there have
been zero fire deaths in homes protected with sprinklers.
and home owners with automatic fire sprinkler systems
are encouraged to find out if they have Omegas installed.
Those with questions should call the Omega Recall Hotline
at 1-800-896-5685 [toll-free number to be activated
on Thursday, October 15] to request an information
packet on how to identify an Omega sprinkler head. People
may also visit Centrals Omega recall website at
www.omegarecall.com/, the CPSCs website at www.cpsc.gov/
and the American Fire Sprinkler Associations website
at www.firesprinkler.org/ for more information and photos
of Omega sprinkler heads.
is offering consumers free replacement glass bulb sprinklers
and reimbursement to help pay for the cost of installing
the new sprinklers. To request replacement sprinklers
and to receive reimbursement, customers must submit Proof
of Claims and Waiver and Release Forms, both found in
the Omega information packet, no later than August 1,
1999 to participate fully in the settlement.
has also responded to several inaccuracies recently reported
on the NBC Nightly News program. The report stated, "Government
investigators say at least 17 fires have been caused by
fire sprinklers that failed." AFSA expressed concern over
this inaccurate and misleading statement, since fire sprinklers
cannot actually cause a fire, and pointed out their hundreds
of successful activations.
in 1981, the American Fire Sprinkler Association is a
non-profit, international association representing the
open shop fire sprinkler contractor. AFSA is dedicated
to the educational and professional advancement of the
automatic fire sprinkler industry.